What is it about?

The aim of this paper is to evaluate which consumers in Central and Eastern Europe are more likely to acquire goods and services from the informal economy and to unravel their multifarious motives for doing so.

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Why is it important?

Analysing 11,131 face-to-face structured interviews conducted in 11 Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries in 2013, a logit regression analysis reveals that some groups purchase from the informal economy to obtain a lower price, others for social or redistributive rationales, and yet others due to the failures of the formal economy in terms of the availability, speed and quality of provision.


This paper reveals that people do not purchase goods and services in the informal economy because the price is lower. Explanations are more complex, meaning that so are the policies required to tackle the informal economy.

Professor Colin C Williams
University of Sheffield

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This page is a summary of: Evaluating the multifarious motives for acquiring goods and services from the informal sector in Central and Eastern Europe, Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, September 2016, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/0965156x.2016.1259915.
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